NFL – Report Week

Créditos: David Ganhão

Regular Season Wild Card Weekend…For Some

Here we are! The last week of the first NFL season with an 18 game season. This weekend would normally have been the wild card weekend, but instead, fans are treated with several playoff-calibre games as their teams jockey for position or make one last dash to get into the playoffs. I am a bit shocked that not much has been resolved. That to me means there is no dominant team, and it will be tricky to pick the playoffs which should make it exciting. Except maybe for one’s wallet! We know the Packers have locked up the NFC’s #1 seed, meaning they get a week off and home-field advantage up to the NFC Championship Game. Other than the Packers locking up the #1 seed, there is a great deal to be decided. The #1 Seed in the AFC is up for grabs as both the Chiefs and Titans are 11-5. Some divisions are still up for grabs, as both the Bills and the Patriots have a 10-6 record. The Rams, who have rebounded a little since their mid-season meltdown, are 12-4. The Cardinals, who seem to be slumping at the wrong time, are 11-5. If the Cardinals win and the Rams lose, it will significantly change their positions. Regarding the teams scrambling to make the playoffs, the Saints, who are 8-8, can still get in with a win and a 49ers loss. But for the real playoff feel, and it’s why the NFL made it a national game on Sunday night. The Raiders, who are 9-7 who have had one of the most embattled seasons one can remember, have battled back to be a position to make the playoffs. Their opponent is the Chargers, led by the record-breaking quarterback Justin Herbert. Whoever wins this game makes the playoffs, and the loser is done. This will be a great way to finish the season!

Loss of a Legend

The NFL and America have lost one of their icons this past week. John Madden, a man who had a legendary NFL coaching career and even possibly a more legendary broadcasting career, died at 85. In ten seasons, as a coach of the Oakland Raiders, they never had a losing season, winning the Superbowl in 1977. In his broadcasting career of over thirty years, he was widely considered the voice of the NFL. Of course, as many would know, he has had his own football video game for 30 years. Interestingly, John Madden didn’t like to fly, so he created a mobile home of sorts by transforming a bus into the Madden Cruiser. He would get out at rest stops and gas stations all over America and take photos with the people, never letting his fame get to him. He was an ambassador for the game, which technically made him an ambassador for America. The game honestly hasn’t been the same since he “retired,” as he had a real passion for football life. Madden once said that he was the luckiest man alive as he never had to work a day in his life. Football was his love and his life. If only we could all be so lucky to love what we do like he did. Rest in peace, John Madden!

Most Valuable Player / Coach of the Year…Goes to?

The Most valuable player was Brady’s to lose, and he just might have lost it with some sluggish team play down the stretch. The Coach of the year was Belichick’s to lose, and he most likely did lose it with two lacklustre games against the Colts and Bills. There is a chance Rodgers doesn’t play this weekend which could hurt his chances if Brady has a monster day against Carolina. Personally, Rodgers doesn’t deserve it. Brady is 44 with huge numbers, and should a person win the MVP for deceiving the league and fans? In the Coach of the Year category Matt Lafleur, Rodgers coach is currently sitting first in odds, but Mike Vrabel deserves it more, as his team, the Titans isn’t quite as talented as the Packers. This weekend should be an exciting finish for these highly sought out NFL honours!

Games of the Week:

San Francisco 49ers @ Los Angeles Rams
A game with significant playoff implications for the NFC!

Los Angeles Chargers @ Las Vegas Raiders
The winner makes the playoffs, and the loser is done for the year!

Players of the Week (Week 17)

What can one say about the efforts of Bengal teammates Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase this past week? In a must-win game against the AFC’s #1 seed, Kansas City, Burrow and Chase went into full beast mode. 446 YDS passing from one, 266 YDS receiving from the other. The crazy thing is is that they barely won against the Chiefs, 34-31, with a last-second field goal. Meaning if they hadn’t combined for such a monster day, they would have lost. Harris carried the Steelers on his back as running backs often do when their quarterback struggles. Harris helped send Big Ben Roethlisberger off with a win in what was most likely his last game at Heinz Field in Steeltown.

Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
30/39 C/ATT, 446 YDS, 4 TDs

Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
28 CAR, 188 YDS, 1 TD

Ja’Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
11 REC, 266 YDS, 3 TDs

Adam’s NFL weekly picks. Last Week ATS: (5-10) / Season Total ATS: (116 – 105 – 1)

Trying I am to rebound from a sub-par showing two weeks ago (5-10). The last day of the NFL season is always an anomaly as it’s tough to know which teams will show up to play and play for a full 60 minutes. No way does Aaron Rodgers play for more than a half. It leaves the door open for Matthew Stafford to light it up to end the season. By the time the Titans play Sunday, the Chiefs will have already battered Denver on Saturday. Some teams will play for pride; I’m hoping Atlanta, both New York teams, and Miami do! Next Week – THE PLAYOFFS!

Saturday – 4:30 PM

Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos
Kansas City -10.0

Saturday – 8:20 PM

Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia +6.5

Sunday – 1:00 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens
Pittsburgh +5.5

Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville
Indianapolis -15.5

Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns
Cleveland -6.0

Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions
Detroit +4.0

Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota -4.0

Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans
Houston +10.5

Washington Football Team @ New York Giants
New York +7.0

Sunday – 4:25 PM

San Francisco 49ers @ Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles -4.5

New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta +4.5

Seatle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals
Seattle +6.5

New England @ Miami Dolphins
Miami +6.5

New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills
New York +16.0

Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Carolina +8.0

Sunday – 8:20 PM

Los Angeles Chargers @ Las Vegas Raiders
Los Angeles -3.0

Adam Care/MS

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